Predicted Newcastle United and Hull City line-ups

Match to be played on Saturday 20th September 2014 at 15:00. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle.

Newcastle United take on Hull City at St James’ Park on Saturday, with Alan Pardew’s side currently bottom of the Premier League table.

The Magpies have taken just two points from their opening four matches, with draws against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace bookended by defeats to Manchester City and Southampton.

In contrast, Hull have enjoyed a relatively good start to the new campaign, securing five points to date and seeing two of their deadline day arrivals scoring on their debut in the 2-2 draw with West Ham United.

Boith sides will be desperate for the win but one suspects that if Newcastle are defeated again at the weekend, the pressure on Pardew could become unbearable. As for Steve Bruce, he will no doubt be hoping his new players continue their impressive form since arriving at the start of the month.

Newcastle injury concerns: Ryan Taylor is unlikely to feature as he continues to regain his match fitness.

Newcastle absences: The Magpies are without six first-team members for a variety of reasons, with Jonas Gutierrez, Davide Santon, Facundo Ferreyra, Papiss Cisse, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons all unavailable.

Hull City injury concerns: Bruce has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match.

Hull City absences: Robert Snodgrass is out with a knee injury, while Hatem Ben Arfa is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Predicted starting line-ups:

Newcastle – Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Tiote, Sissoko, Colback, Gouffran, Cabella, Riviere

Hull City – McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Livermore, Huddlestone, Diame, Brady, Jelavic, Hernandez

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